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  Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is home to 2/3 of the country’s residents.

  Today we got a tour of the different farms here at EARTH university. There are six different farms which cover about 20 acres. On these farms the students help to grow crops and care for livestock to produce for the school. Most of the products from these farms go directly to the school for many purposes, the main purpose being for food. Some of the crops that are grown at EARTH are cacao, papaya, and a lot of bananas. My favorite part of the tour was seeing all of the livestock. At EARTH they have cattle to produce milk, hens that lay eggs, and pigs whose waste helps to produce energy for the school. When we went to see that pigs, our tour guide first showed us the normal sized…
  Today in Costa Rica we got some tours of a few of the many gardens here at the beautiful Earth University. The people have been amazing and everyone is so friendly. Whenever we interact with new students they are always trying their best to communicate with us even when there are language barriers in the way. When we arrived back from the farms today I managed to knock down a coconut from the top of a tree. After it fell to the ground I started cracking it open, something I’ve always wanted to do since I was little kid. At first I was very puzzled and could not manage to get past the thick husk around it. After smashing it, banging it, cutting it, throwing it around, and kicking…
  ¡Hola! Today we had a lovely breakfast at EARTH, immediately followed by a tour of the campus' six farms that supply the food for the students. We saw their nursery, livestock and banana packing plant, all explained by our tour guide Komelan. After this, we ate lunch with a renewed appreciation for what we had in front of us. We had our first lecture today from Prof. Juileta Mazzola. She spoke to us about how to sustainable development communities by working from the interpersonal level up to the governmental level to make effective changes. After this we had free time to interact with and learn about our new friends here at EARTH University. We had our nightly discussion of…
Today was a very busy day as we traveled from San Jose to EARTH University. My favorite moment can at the very end of the day. After finishing our class time and tours, we took a long walk to the pool and played a very competitive water polo game. Even CDR Montanez joined in the fun, scoring a handful of goals on 4/C Dawson Potter (Milford, MA). Overall it was a very fun and exciting experience and I can’t wait for the next game.   Content  
Today we woke up the first time at EARTH University.  Meeting as a group first thing in the morning, we followed our new tour guide,  Blake, to breakfast.  We were served gallo pinto, el cafe, los panques, fruta fresca, and other common breakfast items. Then we were given a presentation on EARTH University and everything that goes into running such a special school.  Following that, we had a small coffee break and changed into pants and long sleeve shirts to go on a tour of the organic farmland that belongs to EARTH.  We saw many types of crops, animals, and experienced the banana packing plant firsthand. After a quick lunch we attended a class on sustainability and rural development…
"If you are passionate about energy and science as a whole are a willing to be challenged, purse this major." Name: 4/C Patrick L. Fahey Hometown: Duxbury, MA "Do it while you can. It is the beginning of a new industry and it's only going to grow. In no time the world will be taken over by renewable energy resources." Name: 4/C Jack C. Mignault Hometown: Dartmouth, MA "There is a difference between high school and college classes. College is a lot different and harder. Get academic help when you are struggling." Name: 4/C Codey J. Murray Hometown: Whitman, MA "You will make a lot of money in the future." Name: 4/C Neil W. Collins Hometown: Wrentham, MA "I would highly recommend…
Hola!  Good evening everybody! Today was our travel day to EARTH University so after getting settled in, not much happened. We had a tour of the university.  It’s very strange being at a school in a rainforest. Just imagine going to the school that you’re in, but all the classrooms are on ground level and everything is open air. When we’re walking around classrooms and the cafeteria, you can see all sorts of tropical wildlife. A few examples just within the past few hours were: I was laying on my bed and heard a noise, I looked out the window and there was just a monkey swinging in the trees. Then walking to classes we saw toucans flying around and coconuts littering the ground. And…
"Don't believe that the situation can't improve. With enough effort, we can help." Name: 4/C Patrick L. Fahey Hometown: Duxbury, MA "Start by recycling and not littering." Name: 4/C Codey J. Murray Hometown: Whitman, MA "Start small and do little things like recycling and using reusable bags at the grocery store." Name: 4/C Adam C. Lanctot Hometown: Foxboro, MA "Don't litter." Name: 4/C Neil W. Collins Hometown: Wrentham, MA "Just be clean and don't waste anything. The easiest thing to do is not litter." Name: 4/C Adam C. Beal Hometown: Barnstable, MA "Reduce, reuse and recycle! Look up more ways online, there are plenty of ways, and be creative as well!" Name: 4/C John M.…
  ¡Hola! A third day is wrapped up here in Costa Rica. Today we woke up to a cloudy morning, having breakfast at Parque Del Lago. A Mr. Edmundo Castro gave us an insightful lecture on RECOPE the Nations petroleum company and their current work towards Carbon Neutrality using decarburization techniques. Shortly after, we said farewell to our friends at the hotel and boarded a bus to EARTH University. On our way we got a buffet style lunch filled with traditional foods. When we got to EARTH we checked in and were given a tour by our lovely guide who was from Zimbabwe. We ate dinner in their cafeteria and then we played a game of water polo at the pool. Tomorrow we see what else…
Three Rio Sucio Fun Facts: 1. It is a tributary of the San Juan River. 2. The rust-colored water and the sulfur smell are completely natural. 3. In spite of its unusual color, some fish live in the Rio Sucio.   Today, we travelled from our hotel in San Jose to EARTH University. The drive was full of amazing views such as Rio Sucio which translates to “dirty river” which if fitting because of its yellow color. There were also many views of mountains which reminded me of the scenery in the movie Jurassic Park. It was fascinating to learn more about the capital city as well as the abundant history of the whole country. We toured EARTH University and it was cool to see differences…